by Jennifer Delaney MA, NCC Psychotherapist, Boulder
OwlHeart Healing Arts owlhearthealingarts.com

Brainspotting shares similarities with traditional talk therapies, and there are marked differences. The main commonality is that “talking” is also part of Brainspotting, especially at the beginning and end of a session. Talking lights up the neocortex as we report, analyze and, ultimately, integrate important insights and information.

I’m going to spend some time here explaining the main difference that makes Brainspotting so effective.

The body speaks
Brainspotting can initially be disconcerting to people accustomed to “figuring things out.” Chronic thinkers feel confused and even somewhat threatened by the body-centered process. It can feel like not enough is going on to be successful. I encourage thinkers to notice the agitation coming up.

Problem thinking
Most thinking is overthinking initiated by the primal brain and not the creative and logical neocortical brain. This kind of thinking is part of the problem and not the solution.

Overthinking distracts from emotions, so if you take away the constant think-think- thinking, you might feel exposed or vulnerable and uncomfortable. Brainspotting therapists are pretty safe people, therefore, ultimately, clients’ bodies become willing to trust the process, especially when clients begin to see and feel the wonderful benefits in their lives.

Continue reading Access the Deep Brain with Brainspotting

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 by Roby Abeles PsyD

There’s a whole story I tell about Crocodiles which is my metaphor for addiction. Thats why it is called Crocodile set up. You don’t need that. Bt I do teach that too when I teach this. It is basically a set up for relapsers. But of course can be used with first time attempts for sobriety.

Continue reading The “BSP Crocodile Set Up” for use with Addictions developed by Dr. Roby Abeles, BSP Trainer, Australia

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by Steve Sawyer, LCSW CSAC, Brainspotting Trainer, Clinical Director/Co-Founder of New Vision Wilderness CALO Programs

Brainspotting (BSP) has been receiving international acclaim over the past few years. At this year’s conference in Washington DC, I had the chance to collaborate with both Dr. David Grand, Brainspotting’s developer, and renowned Neuroscientist Dr. Stephen Porges. Dr. Grand kicked off a Creativity Seminar filled with demonstrations of BSP work with actors, singers, and writers and followed with an intensive Brainspotting seminar that culminated in a Keynote presentation by Stephen Porges PHD.

Continue reading An Intimate Meeting of Neuroscience and Cutting-Edge Psychotherapy: Dr. Stephen Porges & Dr David Grand

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by Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW, Atlanta, GA Southeast Brainspotting Institute, www.cynthasis.com

When we reflect on Brainspotting we observe a process that is Grounded.  So what do we mean when we refer to Grounding In Brainspotting? We are looking closely at the Dual Attunement Frame, which is both relational and neurological. This frame is a container, which is grounding unto itself. Additionally, Brainspotting has techniques for strengthening the containing frame to accomplish enhanced grounding.

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